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Research Seminar Series (RSS)

Health and Social Conflict

Wednesday, April 23, 2008 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

The Center for Global Development 
and The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies present a
Massachusetts Avenue Development Seminar (MADS)* 
Simon Johnson 
Economic Counsellor and Director of the Research Department
International Monetary Fund 

with discussant
Billy Jack
Associate Professor of Economics, Georgetown University

Wednesday, April 23, 2008
A light lunch will be served

Center for Global Development
1800 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Third Floor, Washington, DC
Closest Metro:
Dupont Circle (Red Line) 


Abstract: The international epidemiological transition after 1945 improved health, saved lives, lengthened life expectancy, and increased population. But it did not lead to more economic growth. Why? Simon Johnson's paper provides one part of the answer --because higher population density led to more social conflict. This may be an informative experience for modern efforts to accelerate development through health interventions.

*The Massachusetts Avenue Development Seminar (MADS) series is an effort by the Center for Global Development and The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies to take advantage of the incredible concentration of great international development scholars in the Metro Washington, DC area. The series seeks to bring together members of this community and improve communication between them.